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Writing peer reviews and responding to peer reviewers

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Science communication | Writing |Advanced

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Peer-reviewing scientific manuscripts prior to publication is - as much as writing your own ones - a key task of scholars and a valuable service to the academic community. There is not much systematic information or training available on peer reviewing or on responding to peers‘ reviews and editors‘ comments. Instead, learning by doing is predominant. This training provides hands-on knowledge to researchers at the early stage of their careers who are just starting to write and review papers and who wish to rethink their practice.


This training aims at improving your skills in efficient, fair scientific peer reviewing. You will practice structuring and writing reviews and have your own review(s) being discussed. You will also get an overview of how to respond to reviewers. We will produce examples of answers to reviews you have received on your own manuscripts.


    • Reviewing: possible workflows, checklists and major do´s and don‘ts based on examples
    • Practicing reviewing based on your own examples, 

      discussing your experiences
    • Responding to reviews: codes and etiquette, possible workflows
    • Practicing responding to reviewers based on own examples, discussing your experiences


    Based on background knowledge provided in the training, you will practice giving reviews and responding to reviews. We will exchange and discuss personal experiences in open discussions.
    Max. number of participants: 15.


    This course is targeted at PhD students and early-stage researchers, with initial academic writing and reviewing experiences.
    You are working on own papers and are already involved in peer reviewing.

    Course informations
    Thu, 07.07.2022, 10.30am-12.00
    7 hours, 9 working units à 45 min
    Dr. Monika Rummler; Dr. Thomas Nehls
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    For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
    Participants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
    Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
    Applicable for certificate Science communication.

    For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

    In case of any organizational questions please contact .


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